Phillies fans, avert your eyes. Just a few weeks removed from signing a massive 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, star outfielder Bryce Harper was drilled in the ankle with a 96 mph fastball and was forced to leave the game.
Harper writhed on the ground in pain before limping off the field. He was replaced by Shane Robinson. It was just Harper's fourth game in a Phillies uniform.
If there was ever an argument to be made against Spring Training games, this would be it. A franchise player on a brand new deal sustained what appeared to be an incredibly painful injury, and now his status is up in the air.
We should all hope that it doesn't turn out to be anything too serious.
Bryce Harper gets drilled by a 96 mph fastball on his right ankle and he drops to the ground, rolling in pain. He limps off the field. #Phillies— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) March 15, 2019
The Phillies better hope that after a fantastic offseason their crown jewel won't miss time all because he wasn't wearing an ankle guard.
All that's left to do is wait and hope for the best.